Alcohol & Drugs

Counseling and Testing Center affirms the guiding ethical principle of responsible freedom. Students, staff and faculty are expected to show respect for order, ethical conduct, and the rights of others, and to model in daily living a high sense of personal honor and integrity.

Alcohol and Other Drug Services

The Substance Abuse Program, a part of the University Counseling and Testing Center, provides a variety of services to students. Students who binge drink or use drugs may experience health consequences as a result of the adverse effect of these substances. A student can seek free, confidential help from Counseling and Testing Center if they are worried about their use of alcohol or illegal drugs.

  • These services include the following:
  • Substance Abuse Assessments
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • USASA Program
  • Alcohol and Drug Awareness/Education Programs
  • Consultation with Faculty and Staff
  • Referral Services


The mission of our substance abuse services is to encourage students to make healthy lifestyle decisions that facilitate academic success and lead to life-long health and wellness. We provide quality, evidence-based health promotion programs available to all USA students.

The University of South Alabama neither encourages nor condemns the legal consumption of alcoholic beverages. The University recognizes, however, that the majority of undergraduate students are below the legal drinking age and that there are serious health risks and behavior problems associated with the use of alcohol in the collegiate environment.

In support of responsible management of alcohol, the University provides numerous resources and support services available to our students, faculty, and staff.  We also provide information about other substances to promote healthy and informed decision-making. 

Educational Goals

The Substance Abuse Program has the following educational goals:

  • Disseminate information to members of the University community about common substances of abuse and the harmful effects associated with their use and/or misuse.
  • Convey to students who choose to abstain from alcohol the acceptability of that choice and educate students who choose to drink about the responsible use of alcohol.
  • Provide members of the University community with information about signs of substance abuse and addiction and resources available to assist with these disorders.
  • Educate students about University and government imposed penalties for alcohol and other drug violations.
  • Promote the development and utilization of peer educators who serve as role models and encourage healthy choices concerning alcohol and drugs through various awareness and educational activities.
  • A biennial review of the University’s substance abuse prevention efforts is conducted with an eye toward continuous improvement.

*Some information contained under the substance abuse section is adapted from www.uwf/wellnessservices